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SOC-1020-VM01 - Ethnicity & Diversity in the United States

Synonym: 177386
Location: Montpelier
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Tuesday, 12:30P - 03:15P
Semester Dates: 09-04-2018 to 12-11-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-24-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-05-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Bruce Baskind | View Faculty Credentials
Open Seats/Section Limit: 14/16 (as of 05-25-18 10:20 AM)
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Human Behavior
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please see consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description:

This course explores aspects of ethnic, regional, racial, religious, and economic diversity as they influence contemporary United States society and culture. Students will examine different assumptions and attitudes about diversity and 'multiculturalism' and examine the changing demographics of the United States population.

Essential Objectives:

1. Define ethnicity, race, class, and religion and explain how these concepts create unities and diversity among the population of the United States.
2. Describe the population of the United States in terms of its various racial, ethnic economic and religious components, and examine methods through which social scientists conduct research on these components.
3. Explain why the United States has been described as a melting pot and later, a patchwork, and discuss the validity of these metaphors.
4. Discuss the issues of race and racism in the United States today.
5. Explore the concept of national character in light of the diversity of the U.S. population.
6. Discuss the homogenizing and divisive influences of media, education, the workplace, and the political process.
7. Discuss how media, education, workplace, and the political process reinforce diversity as a social and cultural reality.
8. Compare theories of social stratification and resulting inequalities among different ethnic, race, class, and religious groups.


Fall 2018 textbook data will be available on June 4. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Bruce Baskind
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Mary Dreher

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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